Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology: Understanding Element Cycles (Paperback)
  • Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology: Understanding Element Cycles (Paperback)

Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology: Understanding Element Cycles (Paperback)

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Paperback 252 Pages / Published: 13/07/1998
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The cycling of elements such as carbon and nitrogen is of central importance in ecology, particularly when humans are causing changes to element cycles on a global scale. In this 1996 book a rigorous mathematical framework is developed to model how element cycles operate and interact in plants and soils, forming the foundations of a new ecosystem theory. From a few basic equations, powerful predictions can be generated covering a wide range of ecological phenomena related to element cycling. These predictions are tested extensively against field and laboratory studies of agricultural and forest ecosystems. This work will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in theoretical ecology, soil science, forestry and biogeochemistry.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521646512
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm

'[the] writing combines brilliant clarity and brevity with profound depth. The book is so well written that those familiar with these tools will learn not only an approach to problems that is marvellous for its clarity, but also some interesting mathematics along the way.' Full treatments of many of the problems would make excellent thesis topics for students interested in pursuing ecosystem theory.' John Pastor, Bioscience
'I recommend this book to all scientists involved in ecosystem modeling.' The Quarterly Review of Biology
'[the] writing combines brilliant clarity and brevity with profound depth.' John Pastor, BioScience
'In general terms, the book deserves praise for its novel perspective. First published in 1996, its message is still fresh.' James W. McClelland, Ecology
'The book will serve as an excellent introduction to ecosystem ecology for those with a mathematical or physics background wishing to work in biological sciences. Ecologists wishing to develop their own modelling skills or to improve their understanding of existing models will also benefit from reading this book.' Michael F. Proe, Forestry
'... recommended for both beginners and experienced researchers.' A. D. Pokarzhevskii, Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology
"...settle in front of the fire for an enjoyable winter's evening reading this book, whose writing combines brilliant clarity and brevity with profound depth." BioScience
"The presentation throughout the book is heavily mathematical. But the authors present good explanations and do not presume an extensive background...the authors admirably achieve their objective. They present a simple algebraic set of equations that capture major features of the plant-litter complex." R.V. O'Neill, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
"...readers of this book can expect to learn a great deal about element cycling, and to gain a better appreciation for what a theoretical approach offers to the field fo ecosystem ecology." James W. McClelland, Ecology
"...the authors are physicists and their book is very mathematical in its approach. It is intended for graduate students and scientists in the field, but it will also be of great interest to students of soil science, plant ecology, forestry, agronomy, and biochemistry." Environment

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